Tri-County Awarded Football Grant

Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School has been chosen as the regional 2017 recipient of the Silvio Cella Family Foundation grant. The grant program provides high school football teams in Massachusetts funding to help improve playing conditions, increase player safety and participation, purchase needed equipment, and build teamwork, pride and confidence.

Annually, four high school football programs are selected to each receive a $3,000 grant to be used to support their football programs, per MIAA (Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association) guidelines.

The 2017 recipients of the Silvio Cella Family Foundation grants are:

  • North: Tech Boston Academy - Coach Raul Brown
  • Central: Worcester North High School - Coach David Boyle
  • West: Holyoke High School - Coach Joseph Dutsar
  • South: Tri County Regional Vocational Technical H.S. - Coach Anthony Mazzola

Three Tri-County Football team players, Juniors Robert Fryar and William Silver both of Plainville and Zack Spencer of Walpole, as well as Head Coach Anthony Mazzola, were presented with the award.

“The Silvio Cella Family Foundation Grant awarded to Tri-County’s football program will provide us with updated equipment that will benefit our athletes from a teaching and safety standpoint by improving proper tackling and blocking techniques.  These techniques will help reduce and hopefully prevent head and neck injuries and specifically concussions, said Tri-County Head Coach Anthony Mazzola.  “We are so grateful to be a recipient of this grant which will benefit our players and program immensely.”

“This much needed grant money will help these football programs to improve player safety and upgrade facilities and equipment, and build a sense of teamwork and community in these schools,” said Michael Cella, president, Silvio Cella Family Foundation. "We are honored to carry on my Dad’s legacy and support high school football in Massachusetts.”

About the Silvio Cella Family Foundation

The Silvio Cella Family Foundation was established in April 2010 to carry on Coach Cella’s legacy, to help give high school football programs the support needed to be successful on the field and to prepare young men for college, careers and family. Each year, the Foundation awards grants to high school football programs in Massachusetts demonstrating need. For more information visit

About Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School

Tri-County RVTHS, located at 147 Pond Street in Franklin, is a recipient of the High Schools That Work Gold Achievement Award and serves the communities of Franklin, Medfield, Medway, Millis, Norfolk, North Attleborough, Plainville, Seekonk, Sherborn, Walpole, and Wrentham.  For more information visit